Appriya Transformative Skincare introduction with a giveaway

Appriya Transformative Skincare, Mineral products

Appriya Transformative Skincare, Mineral products

We’d like to introduce you to APPRIYA, a skincare brand that Beauty Info Zone was sent to test. The happy news is that the company sent us several of their best products for a giveaway. We love spoiling our readers with giveaways and we love testing and learning about a company as unique as Appriya.

Appriya is different than the other products we use because it’s based on water. Not just any water though but the untouched mineral waters that create the basis of their line.

Appriya water is rich in restorative natural nano like particles. These biodegradable nano like particles dissolve into the skin, enhancing the efficiency of each product’s active ingredients and ensuring a perfect and even application of every cream, serum and tonic.The skin absorbs the minerals from our water to detoxify the complexion, reduce inflammation, boost moisture retention and supplement collagen and elastic fibers for healthier skin. Bursting with the optimal balance of ionic dissolved minerals, Appriya water offers the most hydration and moisture with its neutral pH and biodegradable properties.
 There are 5 products in the Appriya mineral line and all contain silica. Silica has many properties that fortify and nourish our skin, nails, and hair. It invigorates collagen and boosts the elastin that’s deep within our skin.
MARCIA shares Appriya Mineral Tonic, Mineral Complex Serum and Delicate Zone Mineral Serum while LISA shares Appriya Mineral Cleansing Mousse and Comprehensive Mineral Day and Night Cream
Appriya Mineral Cleansing Mousse and Comprehensive Mineral Day & Night Cream
Appriya Mineral Tonic and Mineral Serums

Appriya Mineral Tonic and Mineral Serums

APPRIYA MINERAL CLEANSING MOUSSE

Appriya Mineral Cleansing Mousse Appriya Mineral Cleansing Mousse

($59.00)  I absolutely love this cleansing mousse. It has coconut and fruit sugars which help dissolve oil and dirt, along with vitamin E to help protect skin. The mousse is beautiful foamy goodness that works great with my Luna. I have tons of cleansers but I reach for this one all the time. Ingredients include: Coco Glucoside, which is derived from coconut and fruit sugars and provides hydration and helps maintain skin elasticity while controlling oil production. Allantoin, which is derived from the Comfrey Root-this botanical extract is an excellent soothing and healing agent. Vitamin E, which is a nutrient and antioxidant that defends against free radicals and other environmental damaging effects.

APPRIYA MINERAL TONIC

Appriya Mineral Tonic

Appriya Mineral Tonic

The secret to Appriya Mineral Tonic lies in the Appriya water that’s in every Appriya product. The water is pure and untouched but gathers its essence by the way it flows across ancient marble where it becomes enriched with silica and hydrogen peroxide.

The ingredients within are what makes this a unique toner: Cucumber Fruit Extract, Lactic Acid, Mushroom Extract, Niacinamide, Fermented Soy, and Vitamin C. Each has a job but combine to make sure that your skin remains calm and hydrated. The Niacinamide helps with acne even. The formula refines your skin’s texture and adds to the hydration level. I use this mostly at night to make sure that the remainder of my cosmetics are removed leaving my skin more hydrated. There’s a very light fragrance that’s gone quickly.

APPRIYA COMPREHENSIVE MINERAL DAY & NIGHT CREAM

Appriya Comprehensive Mineral Day & Night CreamAppriya Comprehensive Mineral Day & Night Cream

($189.00)  This is pretty spendy, but hey – it’s infused with colloidal gold! This ingredient plus a host of others create a truly elegant formula that does everything good you could wish for in a skin cream: boosts elasticity, fades wrinkles, evens skin tone, soothes skin and plumps it up. Check out all this goodness:  Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), which helps even skin tone, improves skins moisture and reduces the appearance of acne. Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parki), embodied with Vitamins A and E, moisturizes the skin and reduces inflammation. Glycolic Acid, which treats acne and oiliness, diminishes blackheads, minimizes pores, and reduces fine lines. Hibiscin Seed Extract (Hibiscus Esculentus), which strengthens weak skin, and has a strong immediate tensor effect. Colloidal Gold, which helps firm skin and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Evening Primrose Seed Extract (Oenothera Biennis), which improves acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, which stimulates collagen and elastin fibroblast to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

I am very impressed with this beautiful moisturizer and I know you will be too!

APPRIYA MINERAL COMPLEX SERUM

Appriya Mineral Complex Serum

Appriya Mineral Complex Serum

While there are two serums from the Mineral line they are used for different purposes. Mineral Complex Serum is a great facial serum that’s especially good for dry skin. The ingredients are extremely hydrating and nurturing. Aloe, Horse Chestnut Extract and Niacinamide are the hydrating ingredients along with Appriya Water. These are native Thai elements that have been recognized to reduce redness, to calm and to soothe. The Niacinamide helps balance the moisture content so you look more radiant.

Appriya Mineral Complex Serum

Appriya Mineral Complex Serum

But there’s more!! Coconut Oil, Lotus Flower Extract and Evening Primrose Seed Extract are all indigenous to Thailand and work together to diminish wrinkles and give you a brighter and more balanced skin tone. It’s very lightweight and doesn’t take long to be absorbed into your skin; as you can see from the ingredients there is a light floral fragrance that is appealing.

APPRIYA DELICATE ZONE MINERAL SERUM

Appriya Delicate Zone Mineral Serum

Appriya Delicate Zone Mineral Serum

Delicate Zone Mineral Serum is almost as nourishing as Mineral Complex Serum but it’s intended for different areas. The work accomplished is the same in both as they help to rejuvenate, pamper and restore radiance. Delicate Zone can be used near your eyes, on your neck and decollete. I’ve used it on my face too actually.

Appriya Delicate Zone Mineral Serum

Appriya Delicate Zone Mineral Serum

As well as the Appriya water it contains Anti-Aging Plant Stem Cells that are derived from Apple Fruit Cell Culture Extract – powerful anti-oxidants that help diminish fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains Squalene that helps fight free radicals and smooth the look of fine lines. The Squalene is plant derived unlike others. Follow the two serums with the Comprehensive Day & Night Cream for maximum benefit.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: One US subscriber will win both the Cleansing Mousse and the Day & Night Cream. In addition they will win one of the two serums of their choice. Another subscriber will win the second serum. Because of the weight we have to make this a US only giveaway. To enter you have 2 requirements: subscribe by EMAIL to Beauty Info Zone and comment. All other items in the Rafflecopter give you more chances to win, especially with Twitter since you can do that daily. This giveaway ends on 1/30/17 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Remember you can’t win if you aren’t honest!

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*products provided by Appriya for review and giveaway

Travel with luxury when you bring the LiftLab Travel Set

LiftLab Travel Set

LiftLab Travel Set

Travel can be stressful even if highly anticipated. What to pack? Can I fit everything in my carry on? Are my skincare and haircare necessities small enough for the TSA guidelines? Will the products I bring last long enough for my entire trip? Are the products I bring up to par with my skin and haircare needs?

LiftLab Travel Set box

LiftLab Travel Set box

An answer can be found in the LiftLab Travel Set that contains 4 of LiftLab’s premier products: Purify + Clarify Daily Cleanser, Detox Mask and Gentle Exfoliant (1.0 oz); Lift + Fix Restore Serum(.3 oz); Lift + Repair Treatment Serum (.25 oz); and Lift + Moisturize Daily Cream (.3 oz) ($50 for the travel set)                                                                                      press sample

LiftLab Travel Set open

LiftLab Travel Set open

LiftLab products all contain a patented Cell Protection Protein (CPP®) that is exclusive to the brand. CPP® was first discovered in the Arctic as the secret to survival for plants and marine life that thrive in those sub-zero conditions. They use CPP® along with unique active ingredients to create results of unprecedented protection and regeneration benefits for healthier and younger skin.

LiftLab Purify + Clarify

LiftLab Purify + Clarify

The newest product from LiftLab is Purify + Clarify. This is significantly larger than the other pieces in the set because it has three jobs to do. It’s a daily cleanser, it’s a gentle exfoliant, plus it is your detox mask. It’s not often that a product has 3 benefits in one treatment package. This is a gentle cleanser that helps refine pores and remove the layer of dead skin cells. Try it as a detox mask by applying it, leaving it on for 3 – 5 minutes, then finish by using it to exfoliate your skin. The exfoliation isn’t harsh and it washes away without leaving any residue. Especially on a trip you don’t want to overdo or irritate you. This leaves you with stimulated cell renewal.

LiftLab Lift + Fix serum

LiftLab Lift + Fix serum

Lift + Fix Restore Serum is the next step and a favorite as I love using serums on my skin. It’s a delight to have the opportunity to try out this concentrated serum. As someone who needs anti-aging skincare I love that I finally have a travel size serum. It’s a thin serum but a little goes a long way. This is especially great for skin with redness or irritation. Apply it before sun exposure and the CPP® in it helps to protect against exposure to UVA and UVB rays. It’s not a sunscreen but it is a sunscreen’s best friend.

LiftLab Lift + Repair Treatment Serum

LiftLab Lift + Repair Treatment Serum

I raved about the Lift + Fix Serum but there’s more to rave about since there’s a treatment serum in this package too. Lift + Repair Treatment Serum is a multi-action treatment. “It’s formulated with Cell Protection Protein™ plus six additional proteins and peptides to maximize skin regeneration and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.” If you have very sensitive skin this isn’t recommended for you though. In that case you’d want to stick with Lift + Fix which is their Restore Serum.

Lift + Repair has other essential ingredients like

Easyliance®, a botanical derivative to visibly firm and strengthen skin and provide a youthful glow
Kollaren®, an innovative peptide that repairs and rebuilds skin’s own collagen and elastin
Vitamins E, B5 and B3 to help protect from UV damage, even skin tone and reduce redness

This is highly penetrating and works fast to provide immediate hydration.

LiftLab Lift + Moisturize Daily Cream

LiftLab Lift + Moisturize Daily Cream

LiftLab Lift + Moisturize Daily Cream finishes up this set. CPP® helps increase the production of collagen and elastin so it’s an excellent moisturizer to extend skin’s youthfulness. This absorbs very quickly and helps with fine lines. I haven’t had a problem with foundation balling up after using this along with a serum. Now I just need it to remove another 10 years from my face! Lift + Moisturize is recommended for all skin types, especially combination to oily skin.

Along with CPP® active ingredients include:
– Syniorage™, a targeted peptide to help increase firmness by strengthening cohesion of the skin’s upper layers for a refined texture and anti-aging effect
– Hyalurosmooth™, a botanical derivative to bind moisture to the cells, plump skin and visibly diminish fine lines

– Gransil DNAM, a sophisticated blend of 3 silicones to lock in moisture and create a smooth, silky surface

Lift + Lab packet bonuses

Lift + Lab packet bonuses

Underneath the holder I found 2 sample packets: Lift + Protect for total rejuvenation and Lift + Firm Eye Cream. What a nice surprise.

LiftLab Travel Set contents

LiftLab Travel Set contents

There are 3 reasons to buy this kit. 1. It’s terrific for travel. A way to bring luxurious skincare with you so that the stresses of travel don’t wreck havoc with your face. 2. How often can we get sample sizes of a line like this to test out? LiftLab is definitely a luxury brand but for $50 you can try all of these to decide if this line is one you need. (Yes you do need it!). 3. This would make an exceptional gift for someone who appreciates the finer things in life. The box is a great keepsake box for skincare or other treasures, the products are wonderful, and you’ll set an example to show your friends/family that you know about the best of the best.  —  Marcia

The set and Lift Lab skincare are available at LiftLab’s site as well as Neiman Marcus.

*sent for editorial consideration; now I just need to go on a trip!

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Makeup Wars – let’s remove that makeup with DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

This week’s Makeup Wars is about Waterproof makeup and makeup removers. Since I don’t have anything that’s remotely new in the world of waterproof makeup I decided to write about the cleansers in my life and in particular my newest favorite, DHC Deep Cleansing Oil.

DHC Cleansing Oil

DHC Cleansing Oil

pr sample

If you are keeping up with the latest in skincare then you already know that Asian skincare, in particular Japanese, is storming the market. DHC isn’t a new company but it is an extremely popular one. I’m a huge fan of their products, especially the Silky Cotton Squares which I buy in bulk.

The vision behind DHC is rooted in the beneficial properties of virgin olive oil. Found to be one of nature’s finest ingredients for helping to achieve and maintain healthy, younger-looking skin, olive oil became the foundation for DHC’s full line of skin-gentle products.

Japanese products based on Spanish olive oil? It doesn’t get more unique than that. We think our mixed-culture heritage is right at home in the United States, where individual tastes and preferences are celebrated.

 

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is a makeup remover for your face and can be used on your eyes. It’s the only cleansing oil that I’ve found actually removes the coats of mascara I use along with my eyeliner and doesn’t sting my eyes. I was wary of using it on my eyes at first so I just used it on my face. It did such a remarkable job that I became brave and used it to remove eye makeup too.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil directions

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil directions

The way you use this is to start with everything DRY. Your hands should be dry when you pump out the remover and your face should be dry when you apply it. The next step is to massage it onto your dry face and let it start working to remove your cosmetic residue. Next add water and watch it transform to a a milky emulsion. This rinses off cleanly and easily whether you just use water or a wash cloth.

What you are left with is a soft, hydrated feeling. It’s not dry, it’s not greasy. I don’t need to double cleanse when I’m using DHC Deep Cleansing Oil since this does everything in one step. That doesn’t mean I don’t double cleanse at times especially because I like exfoliating with a sonic cleansing machine like Instrumental Beauty Sonic Touch or the Michael Todd Soniclear Elite.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ingredient list

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ingredient list

  • In a clinical study, 92% of participants agreed Deep Cleansing Oil worked better than a leading cleanser at removing complexion makeup
  • Unique water-soluble formula rinses thoroughly
  • Rich in vitamins and antioxidants
  • Nourishes and hydrates for younger-looking skin
  • 1 sold every 10 seconds worldwide

The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is the world’s most popular product in its category. There’s no fragrance to it, it’s easy to get through Amazon or DHC’s website, and it works amazingly well. It’s one stop shopping. From now until July 31, 2017 they even have a fabulous special on DHC. If you are a new customer to DHC then you can buy this for half off, get 4 samples, and free shipping. That’s a total bargain and makes me wish I was new to DHC myself.

Other cleansers in my life at the current time (things change constantly) include

CERAVE HYDRATING CLEANSER

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

PAULA’S CHOICE RESIST HYDRATING CLEANSER

Paula's Choice Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser and Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner

Paula’s Choice Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser and Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner

OSMOSIS MELT AWAY GELEE

Osmosis Melt Away Gelee

Osmosis Melt Away Gelee

MARY KAY EYE MAKEUP REMOVER

Mary Kay Eye makeup Remover

Mary Kay Eye makeup Remover

While DHC Cleansing Oil may be the new kid on my block it’s won me over and can play here any time it wants.  —  Marcia

Let’s see what other Makeup Wars bloggers have to say about this topic!


*some products sent for review, some were purchases

CeraVe will surprise you with their hand cream and eye cream

CeraVe

CeraVe

What brand do you think you’ve used the longest for skincare? Long before I started blogging I kept CeraVe at the ready. It’s been a go-to brand for me for easily a dozen years. I’ve since discovered new products that they make and each keep adding to my admiration of this brand that we can all afford. CeraVe recently sent Beauty Info Zone several products, Lisa reviewed the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser along with the Healing Ointment while today I have three favorites to share.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

The product I’ve used the longest from CeraVe is their Hydrating Cleanser. I am lucky enough to receive a lot of high end skincare products but what we all need are basics. This cleanser is the one I turn to when my skin rebels and wants freedom. The Hydrating Cleanser is meant for Dry to Normal Skin. It’s a creamy cleanser that removes the day’s oils, dirt, cosmetics, and skincare in a gentle formula. The cleanser is creamy and remains that way on my skin when I’m using it. Fragrance free (yea!) and hydrating it never irritates my skin. If I’ve suffered through breakouts or gone to the dermatologist CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is what gets used for several days. I sometimes use this as a hand wash too since it’s very moisturizing but never sticky.

When I first started using this cleanser I really didn’t know anything about hyaluronic acid but as I’ve become more informed I was really excited to learn that this contains HA and ceramides. This and other CeraVe products offer a patented MVE delivery technology that provides a controlled release of ceramides and other protective ingredients slowly over time.

CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream

CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream

CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream is a great find. I didn’t know they made a hand cream until I received this but I’m so happy that this is mine. As a fragrance phobe I really prefer my hand creams to have none so CeraVe had me right there. But there’s more since this Therapeutic Hand Cream repairs my dry hands and helps protect them.

CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream

CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream

CeraVe develops all their skincare with dermatologists and this is one of their newest products. When your skin feels rough or dry or irritated you need to make the feel healthy again. Since it’s CeraVe it contains the essential ceramides, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid that they imbibe their products with. This non-greasy hand cream is very lightweight and takes such a short time to absorb. I’m back to typing within 10 seconds after applying it. Since I wash my hands constantly throughout the day I never feel like I’m layering on too much of a good thing. I also don’t feel like I’m wasting money as this is only $7.99. cerave hand cream swatchCeraVe Eye Repair Cream:

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream

Anyone who’s been reading Beauty Info Zone for a while knows my obsession with eye cream. Even though I’d seen CeraVe Eye Repair Cream in drugstores, I was sort of snobby about it and never picked it up. Big mistake. This $11 eye repair cream does everything that the more expensive brands do but at a great price. The formula of this is great for day or night. Since it’s not greasy at all, it absorbs quickly so you can apply cosmetics shortly after. My eyeliner and mascara are not affected by my using this. The main goal of this eye cream is to reduce dark circles and puffiness while also protecting the delicate skin under your eye.

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream

This little squiggle does the job for me. There’s no need to slather it on since this is enough for each eye. My eyes look brighter each day that I use this. Since there’s no fragrance I love to use it before bed too.

I hope CeraVe was the answer to my first question but even if it wasn’t, it could and should be now. You’ll thank me if you try any one of these, yes you will.  —  Marcia

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Why I love Lindi Skin and a giveaway so you can too

Lindi Skin collection

Lindi Skin collection

I try a lot of skincare brands but none of them is like LINDI SKIN. The 4 products I was sent to test are remarkable and unusual, all in a great way. The line is unlike anything I’ve tried and I’m so delighted with it that I begged asked the brand to do a givaway for one of you.

LINDI SKIN has a variety of skincare that is meant to be a solution to problems. Their products were created to soothe skin especially to relieve the effects of radiation, chemotherapy, and day-to-day wear resulting from cancer treatments. The brand goes beyond cancer patients though as I’ve seen in my own use. It’s for anyone.

The 4 products I have are the Lindi Face Wash ($22), Lindi Citrus Face Serum ($36), Lindi Eye Hydrator ($30), and Lindi Lip Balm ($10).

LINDI FACE WASH

Lindi Skin Face Wash

Lindi Skin Face Wash

Lindi Fash Wash is a liquid cleanser that is meant to both clarify and hydrate. It doesn’t strip my skin but I do need moisturizing after using it. This is a very effective and gentle cleanser that removes makeup and grim with ease. It’s the basis for getting your skin ready for more.

LINDI CITRUS FACE SERUM

Lindi Citrus Face Serum

Lindi Citrus Face Serum

The Citrus Face Serum is my very favorite of the products I am using. I’m in love with this. It’s thicker than any serum I own and it’s luxurious feeling on my skin. It was created to both soothe and revitalize skin and it does that to my skin.

I find it a little too thick to use under makeup but I adore it as my night time serum. The feel is amazing. This comes in two scents, lavender and citrus. The citrus is just a hint of a wonderful scent and dissipates quickly.

Lindi Facial Serum

Lindi Facial Serum

Here’s what Lindi says about this: “Formulated with the highest concentration of our proprietary LSA Complex ®, replete with botanicals, antioxidants and vitamins, this serum provides beneficial moisture and ultimate comfort to compromised skin on the face, neck, chest, back and scalp. The unique non-oily formula glides on silky-smooth and begins restoring immediately. The Serum has been clinically proven to reduce the facial rash, redness and itching that are a common side-effect of some types of chemotherapy.  It’s gentle soothing nutrients also make it great for anyone who wants healthy skin.”

Lindi Facial Serum

Lindi Facial Serum

I wish I was able to adequately explain how soothing and wonderful this feels on my skin. The first time I used it I was a little surprised because it felt so different than anything I’ve used. Now I never want to let it go. I use this either with my fingers or the wonderful JeNu Ultrasound Infuser and it’s made my skin smoother than ever. A+++

LINDI EYE HYDRATOR

Lindi Eye Hydrator

Lindi Eye Hydrator

I make no secret about my love for eye creams and eye treatments and Lindi Eye Hydrator is one of these loves. The Eye Hydrator too is totally different than anything I’ve tried. It comes in a small glass jar and feels and looks like silky honey. It’s not sticky at all though. It makes the area under my eyes so smooth while hydrating it too.

 

Lindi Eye Hydrator

Lindi Eye Hydrator

This is a nutrient rich gel that also helps with undereye puffiness and works to improve the look of your skin. What I have on my finger above it enough for 2 full days. I just need a dab of it. I use a small plastic facial spatula since I don’t want to use my fingers to get this out. I know people complain constantly about jars but this seems to be the best packaging for this silky gel. I love the effect of this and use it at least once a day.

LINDI LIP BALM

Lindi Lip Balm

Lindi Lip Balm

I wanted to hate the Lindi Lip Balm because of the packaging. I have long fingernails so I can’t easily dip into a little pot like this. But I can’t hate it and still use it every night before bed, can I? The lip balm is soft yet firm. I keep a covered lip brush right next to it so that I can slather this on before I pop into bed. Even when I wake up during the night I can feel how soft my lips feel and that it’s still working. It’s also a great cuticle cream that I like to use just before bed.

As you can see, I’m very impressed with the effects of Lindi Skin. It’s good for us and it’s even more wonderful for people with serious dry skin issues because of cancer and radiation along with a slew of other illnesses. I will continue to use the Face Serum and Eye Hydrator long after these 4 items are used up. — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  There will be one winner of all 4 products reviewed. The value of this giveaway is $96 so one US Subscriber is going to be a very happy person. The giveaway is open through 5/18/15 at 11:59 p.m. If WordPress closes comments towards the end please email me at [email protected] and label it Lindi Skin. Make your comment in the email and you can count that as your entry so you can continue.

Lindi Skin

Lindi Skin

All LINDI Skincare products are

  • Clinically Tested
  • Proudly made in the U.S.A. in an FDA compliant facility
  • Dermatologist & Allergy tested
  • Paraben Free
  • Never Tested on Animals
  • Backed by our 30-day 100% Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Non-irritating

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*Prize will be sent by Lindi Skin’s representative, products were received for review

Introducing Orico Streetwise Cleansers

Orico is a new brand for us at Beauty Info Zone. It’s a British brand that has become award winning for designing skincare that helps with the demands of the environment on our skin. Without realizing it everything we encounter (pollution, air-conditioning, heat and stress) all dry out our skin removing the freshness from it.

Orico is all of these!

Orico is all of these!

We were sent two different cleansers to try out, both from their Streetwise collection. Lisa will be reviewing Gentle Antioxidant Organic Face Wash while Marcia will tell you about Hydrating Make-Up Remover Face and Eyes. These cleansers are pure and organic. As Orico says “Each formula is a unique and synergistic blend of natural active ingredients and essential oils to protect and rejuvenate the complexion and give a lift to the senses.”  When we read about Orico it felt like a brand that our readers would be interested in.

MARCIA’S SIDE:  Hydrating Make-Up Remover Face and Eyes

Orico Streetwise Hydrating Make-Up Remover

Orico Streetwise Hydrating Make-Up Remover

What appealed to me about ORICO Streetwise’s Make-Up Remover ($27)is that it could be used for eyes as well as the face. I have a lot of cleansers that aren’t comfortable for me to use to remove eye makeup so I wanted to try something to use that would take off everything with one product.

This Make-Up Remover comes close although it’s not perfect. A lot depends on the mascara that I’m wearing. If I’m wearing a lot of mascara or a heavy one then I need to remove that separately. If I’m wearing just a daily coat then I reach for Orico Streetwise.

It was created to work for all skintypes even dry and sensitive skin so I knew that was a plus. Plus I love the ingredient list and that the company is cruelty-free and Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by Ecocert Greenlife according to Ecocert standards.

Orico Natural Ingredients

Orico Natural Ingredients

I personally love the fragrance of this. I’ve become addicted to citrus aromas lately in my products so it’s a pleasure to find a makeup remover that has such a pleasant smell as well as one that works well. It removes my makeup easily without leaving any dry areas behind. My eyes aren’t the least bit irritated by this, it never stings. It removes all but the toughest mascara or eyeliner with ease. This is hydrating as its name implies and it’s packed with powerful antioxidants and essential oils to soothe and clear skin of impurities. The fragrance I enjoy so much is an aromatherapy blend of tangerine and orange essential oils added to de-congest and increase circulation.

Orico ingredients

Orico ingredients

LISA’S SIDE – Gentle Antioxidant Organic Face Wash

I usually love gel facial cleansers because they work really well with my Foreo Luna Sonic Cleansing Brush.  Orico’s Gentle Antioxidant Organic Face Wash is a perfect partner for sonic cleansers, and it’s excellent on its own.

Orico Streetwise Face WashI find that while it’s quite gentle, it also removes makeup like a champ.  It has lots of antioxidants that seem to just melt away dirt and calm skin at the same time.  This cleanser also has Gingko Biloba, which is an anti-bacterial that keeps blemishes at bay.  The fragrance is a light, clean citrus that is very pleasant.

For a real treat, Orico recommends double cleansing.  First, wash with the Streetwise Hydrating Make-up Remover to dissolve face makeup, then cleanse with the Streetwise Gentle Antioxidant Face Wash for a deeper cleanse and to guard against breakouts.  Both of these products make for a great introduction to this British brand!

*sent for review consideration

 

Michael Todd True Organics – cleanser, scrub and giveaway

Michael Todd True Organics is a new brand to us on Beauty Info Zone and one that we’ve been testing out to tell you about. They’ve been very generous with us in sending products so that we can learn about them and share that information with you. Plus their generosity extends to our readers since they’ve offered a giveaway that I’ll write about at the end of this review.

Michael Todd Honey and Oat Cleanser and Jojoba Charcoal Scrub

Michael Todd Honey and Oat Cleanser and Jojoba Charcoal Scrub

Michael Todd True Organics is an excellent organic skincare company that interestingly enough was created by the owner of Scunci hair products. Scunci is the number one selling brand for hair accessories; I know I’ve got a drawer filled with items from them. The owner, Lewis Hendler, saw a lack of truly natural/organic products on the market. He saw products that called themselves that but they contained ingredients like mineral oil which suffocate skin. After much research his line was created to nourish your skin the same way you’d nourish your body with food. All products are Made in the U.S. with certified organic ingredients, without added water and free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrance or artificial dyes.”

Michael Todd Honey and Oat Cleanser

Michael Todd Honey and Oat Cleanser

There are 4 different cleansers in the Michael Todd True Organic product line and the one I have is Honey and Oat, Gentle Deep-Pore Cleanser ($24). I was actually a little leery to start using this cleanser. My mind pictured it as thick, maybe difficult to remove and possibly sticky. Boy was I wrong. This has quickly become my cleanser of choice. I absolutely love it. I’m always complaining about fragrance in products but this time I’m going to rave. It has a very pleasant aroma of sweet lemon with a touch of honey added to it.

Michael Todd Honey and Oat Cleanser

Michael Todd Honey and Oat Cleanser

The important thing though is that this cleans my face gently and efficiently. If I use a toner or exfoliating pad after cleansing, nothing seems to be remaining. This has gently removed my makeup without stripping it of the natural oils it needs. It’s a gel cleanser that foams up slightly. I’ve been using it a lot with my Foreo Luna and they are a great combination. But I’ve also used it with just a washcloth and have been equally impressed with its cleansing ability.

Michael Todd Honey and Oat Cleanser

Michael Todd Honey and Oat Cleanser

To be honest I’m not so sure about the deep pore cleansing though. I guess I expected it to be more exfoliating in order to do that. It gets my pores clean but I don’t think it’s exfoliating just a terrific cleanser. I don’t need to worry about that though because Michael Todd True Organics has a slew of great scrubs that do that job well.

Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Scrub

Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Scrub

There are 3 scrubs that Michael Todd makes and I’ve got two of them. Today I’m going to tell you about the Jojoba Charcoal Scrub ($18). This is their gentle exfoliating facial scrub. It contains Jojoba Wax Beads and Activated Charcoal. The scrub’s goal is to remove dead skin and impurities from your skin. The jojoba wax beads are what provides the gentle exfoliation which the charcoal penetrates into your pores to draw out the impurities.

Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub

Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub

Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub

Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub

What I learned with Jojoba Charcoal Scrub is that I need to use this in the shower. It’s a little too messy to use at the sink and I have a difficult time removing all of the product if I do it there. Instead I’ve been using it in my shower where I can get my face super wet and rinse it off more thoroughly. I then follow it with the Honey and Oat Cleanser and a washcloth. This removes the beads and charcoal and at the same time gives my skin back the hydration.  It’s gentle enough to use as often as you wish though I use it about twice a week.

Now I promised you a giveaway and here’s what it’s all about. Their PR company is going to send 3 full size products to one lucky US winner. They will pick which three out of this list: Knu Anti Aging Face Lift Serum, Jojoba Charcoal Scrub, Avocado Mango Mask, Charcoal Detox Cleanser, Pink Grapefruit Lotion, Liposome Antioxidant Moisturizer, Eye-O-Sonic Ultrasonic Ionic Serum Infuser, Peppermint Wake Up Wash, Pumpkin Mask Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask. We don’t know which ones they’ll choose so it will be a surprise. In the Rafflecopter I’ve asked which would be your favorite to win and we’ll pass that information on to them just in case they would like to make that wish come true. But even if you don’t get that one,  it’s still a win-win situation since if you do win you’ll get three terrific Michael Todd True Organic skincare products. The giveaway lasts through 9/26/13 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time and is for US subscribers only.

Here’s the motto of Michael Todd: “You’ll love what’s in it. You’ll love even more what’s not.” We love it! — Marcia

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